Appoint one person to coordinate
See that each group has the the acts and to keep in contact necessary equipment with the performers.
Set up equipment on the day
Ask several groups (individuals) before the Town Meeting. to perform. Be sure to keep in
Check the sound system before contact with them and to the Town Meeting begins. reconfirm their intentions.
Select and borrow tapes or
Plan for the acts to be a total of records to play during registration 1525 minutes. and after the closing (you might consider live entertainment as well).
Begin the entertainment with instrumental music while lunch
Secure a tape recorder and/or record is being served and end with system person.
the group that will most encourage the participation of the whole Town Meeting
Appoint someone to be in charge of playing the music.
player and coordinate with sound
THE SPIRIT OF THE UNITED WAY
Tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
The spirit of man must shine again, or else the light Will never
have the chance again to do what's right Mistakes were made, the
times were bad, But now we must push on ahead Or destroy ourselves
in the ultimate blowout.
The spirit of man is on the rise in the universe There is marching
on our nations' lands Arise, arise, We'll all turn out, We'll
all be there We' 11 show our country we really care, When the
spirit or man is on the rise ror all.
Our ghetto scenes are war machines, were wrong we know And ir
we turn our backs on them They'll grow and grow So listen, Brothers,
one and all, We must unite or else we'll fall. The spirit of man
is on the rise again.
Written at State Farm Town Meeting,
Powhatan and James River Correctional Centers,
State Farm, Virginia, May 31, 1975
THE NEXT 200 YEARS TO BUILD A rUTURE
Tune: l~hen the Saints oo Marching In Tune: You are My Sunshine
Into this land so vast and green We were a mixture of many peoyles,
Our tathers came to build a dream. We came to claim the right to live.
Through war and peace they worked We found each other,
together We worked together,
It was a great 200 years. We became the envy of all.
Oh, we are now in times ot strire Today we wonder where we are going,
We're at the crossroads Ol our fire. We fight and falter, we lose our way,
It's time to make that great decision We now are asking what is of value,
To shape the next 200 years. For the tuture's fresh dawning day.
Oh, we are one. We share the earth To build a future for every neighhor,
We give our lives Lor its rebirth. To see ourselves as friend to all'
We'll be a sign to all the nations To love the land and share it wisely,
ror the next 200 years. Will make the whole world very small.
Written at Clarksburg Town Meeting Written at T.acev Town Meeting
West Virginia, March 22, 1975 Washington, ktebruarv 1, lq75
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, For
purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain. America' America'
God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern impassioned stress A
thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness. America'
America' God mend shine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, Who more than
self their country loved, and mercy more than life. America' America'
May God thy gold refine, 'Til all success be nobleness, And every
O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years Thine
alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears. America' America'
God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea'
ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE
I have often walked down this street before But the pavement's
always st~ved beneath my feet before. All at once am I several
stories high, Knowing I'm on the street where you live.
Are there lilac trees in the heart of town? Can you hear a lark
in any other part of town? Does enchantment pour out of every
door? No, it's just on the street where you live.
And, oh, the towering feeling Just to know somehow you are near,
The overpowering feeling That any moment you may suddenly appear.
People stop and stare, they don't bother me For there's nowhere
else on earth that I would rather be. Let the time go by, I don't
care if I Can be here on the street where you live.
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I.~!D ~ i
The procurement of Materials and Supplies offers the Sponsor an
important opportunity to secure a broad base of support within
the community. All across the country the business community,
schools, churches, and individuals have participated in Town Meeting
through the donation or loan of materials, supplies, and equipment.
The following is a composite listing that gives an overall view
of all the supplies needed for A Town Meeting. Sponsors report
that they have found such a listing to be particularly helpful
when asking for donations. At a glance, a prospective donor can
select those items he is able to provide.
4 rolls of masking tape 52 sheets of red and blue poster
250 pencils, sharpened paper 22" x 32"
24 broadtip marking pens (red and blue) 2 large rolls of masking tape
4 rulers 610 small jars of rubber cement
4 staplers, staples 15 rolls of black photographic tape
4 electric typewriters (capable of typing V wide
stencils; similar type face, if possible) Centerpiece Tables (5)
Extension cords, 3way plugs blue table covers
15 reams of mimeo paper red scarves
3 lbs. mimeo ink (compatible with mimeo decorative objects: candles, gavels,
machines which will be used) Liberty Bells, ships, etc.
24 stencils Banner
1 stencil stylus materials for constructing a large
4 bottles correction fluid Town Meeting banner appropriate to
2 mimeograph machines (preferably with the facility
interchangeable stencils) Nametags 250
TM' 76 Historic quotes provided by
FOOD the ICA staff on arrival
matertals for cold lunch
coffee, tea, cold drinks CHILD CARE
sugar, cream red and blue poster paper, drawing
doughnuts, or other snack poster paints, crayons, pencils
400 plates blocks, books, playdoh, etc.
6001000 hotcups maps of world, nation, state, globe
600 napkins photos of community, old magazines
600 plastic spoons, forks, knives
15 garbage bags (trash can size) ENTERTAINMENT
dishcloths, handiwipes, paper towels microphone and sound system
dishwashing supplies extension cords
hand soap tapes or records
toilet paper tape recorder or record player
DECOR Walls PROGRAM MATERIALS (Provided by
copies of Fistorical documents ICA consultants)
heritage prints Historic Quotes
photos of community Participants' Workbooka
maps of world, nation, state Song Sheets
ARBA posters Workshop data posting sheets
*The above is not meant as an exhaustive list, and will need adapted
to your situation.
If you don't care who gets the credit, you can accomplish anything.
12 HARRY (RED) FOSTER
To pursue the change now begun it becomes necessary to picture
in realistic terms that society which has been the subject of
All the great civilizations had one thing in common, a positive
image of the future infusing the present with purpose and expectation.
TOWN MEETING '76 is a program of community involvement developed
by The Institute of Cultural Affairs; a world service organization.
The ICA conducts training, demonstration and research programs
concerned with the human factor in world development. The TOWN
MEETING '76 format has been tested and refined in 47 diverse community
The ICA is a notforprofit corporation with tax exempt
status registered in the State of Illinois.
The ICA has 101 offices around the world, 47 of which are located
in the United States. Area centers are located in Bombay, Brussels,
Chicago, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Copyright (3 1975, by THE INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS 4750 North
Sheridan Road Chicago, Illinois 60640 Phone: 312/769~5635